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B's Week Ahead 4.1.11 - 4.8.11

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

UPCOMING AWARD SCHEDULE: On Saturday, April 2 prior to the start of the Bruins/Thrashers game, NESN’s Jack Edwards will announce the winner of the NESN 7th Player Award. The 7th Player Award is chosen by the fans and presented to the Bruins player who has performed above and beyond expectations throughout the season.  On Wednesday, April 6 the Boston Bruins will present four awards before the Bruins/Islanders game: Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the "Gallery Gods"), Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars Award (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).

B’S FOUNDATION, HOCKEY WRITERS TO MAKE $20,000 DONATION: The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) will make a $20,000 donation that will be divided and given to local charitable organizations, WRITE Boston and One Mission. WRITE Boston is a citywide initiative that seeks to foster a culture of writing in all public high schools in Boston. One Mission is a childhood cancer foundation dedicated to enhancing the lives of pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Boston Chapter of the PHWA partnered on a program to raise money for local charities by asking the working media who cover Bruins home games to make a small donation when dining in the Will McDonough Press Room prior to games. BPHWA chairman Joe Haggerty and Director of the Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney will be on hand to present the checks on Wednesday, April 6.

PLAYOFF CREDENTIAL INFO:
Please note that Bruins playoff credential information will be sent out Sunday night, April 10, after the first round matchups are set. Contact the B’s Communications Department with any questions.

NEXT POINT CLINCHES NORTHEAST:
Including their game against the Thrashers Saturday afternoon (1:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub) the Bruins have five regular season games remaining on their 2010-11 docket. They currently lead the Northeast Division with 97 points, eight clear of second place Montreal with the Bruins holding one in hand over their rivals. The B’s can clinch the Northeast with a point in any of their remaining games.

Here’s a breakdown of their remaining opponents:

5: Total games remaining in B’s regular season
3: Home games
2: Road games
1: Game against a team currently in playoff position (New York Rangers on 04/04)
1: Point needed for the Bruins to clinch the Northeast Division

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: On Saturday afternoon the Bruins will welcome Mark Stuart, Blake Wheeler and the Atlanta Thrashers to the TD Garden (1:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Thrashers currently sit in eleventh place in the Eastern Conference, nine points back of the eighth-place New York Rangers. Two of Atlanta’s top three scorers this season are defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien (19-33=52 totals) and Tobias Enstrom (10-41=51) sit in second and third place, respectively. Blake Wheeler has been solid for the Thrashers since coming over from Boston in a trade on February 18, with five goals and eight assists in 18 games with Atlanta.

After playing the Thrashers, the Bruins will travel to the other Garden (MSG) for a game against the New York Rangers on Monday, April 4 (7:30 p.m., TV: VERSUS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Rangers came to Boston on March 26 and walked away with a 1-0 win, thanks in large part to the 26-save shutout by Henrik Lundqvist and 29 blocked shots by the Blueshirts. The lone Rangers goal in the game came from the stick of Derek Stepan. The Rangers currently sit in the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

From New York, the Bruins will return to Boston to square off with the New York Islanders on Wednesday (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Islanders are currently in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and have been eliminated from playoff contention. Forward Zenon Konopka has far more penalty minutes than any other player in the NHL with 266 (second- Chris Neil (OTT) with 193). Konopka has accumulated 28 minor penalties, 24 majors, 7 misconducts and 2 game misconducts. Offensively they are paced by John Tavares, who has 27-36=63 totals this season.

EXCHANGING PLEASANTRIES: On Thursday night against the Maple Leafs, the Bruins fought for the 70th time this season when Milan Lucic squared off against Jay Rosehill. Their 70 fights rank second only to the 72 fights of the St. Louis Blues. This is Boston’s most fights in a season since the 2001-02 season, when they had 83 fights. Their enforcers that year were Andrei Nazarov (22 fights), P.J. Stock (16) and Dennis Bonvie (12). Here’s a breakdown of this year’s fight numbers so far:

70: Total fights
67: The percentage of Bruins fights coming at the TD Garden (47 total)
22: Teams the Bruins have fought against
20: OHL fights this season for Bruins prospect Tyler Randell
17: Different Bruins who have fought this year
14: Fights by Shawn Thornton, leading the Bruins
8: Bruins who have fought just once this season
4: Bruins who notched their first NHL fight this season
1: Goalie fight– Tim Thomas vs. Carey Price on February 9

WHITFIELD NAMED AHL’S PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Providence’s Trent Whitfield was named the AHL’s Player of the Month after scoring 12 goals and adding 10 assists for a league-best 22 points in 13 games during the month.

CUTS FOR A CAUSE: Shawn Thornton and 14 of his teammates will be shaving their heads for charity on Thursday, April 7 as part of the 4th annual Cuts for a Cause. See the Around Town section below for more details.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE: With his assist on David Krejci’s goal Thursday night against Toronto, Milan Lucic became just the 10th player since the 2004-05 work stoppage to amass 30 goals, 30 assists and 100 PIM in a single season. Of the 10, only Lucic and Scott Hartnell tallied more than five fighting majors He became the first Bruin to reach the milestone since Joe Thornton did it in 2002-03, when he had 36 goals, 65 assists and 109 PIM.

2010-11 Milan Lucic (BOS) – 30 G, 30 A, 117 PIM (7 fighting majors)
2010-11: Corey Perry (ANA) – 46 G, 43 A, 102 PIM (2 fighting majors)
2009-10: Alexandre Burrows (VAN) – 35 G, 32 A, 121 PIM (1 fighting major)
2008-09: Corey Perry (ANA) – 32 G, 40 A, 109 PIM (3 fighting majors)
2008-09: Scott Hartnell (PHI) – 30 G, 30 A, 143 PIM (7 fighting majors)
2007-08: Brenden Morrow (DAL) – 32 G, 42 A, 105 PIM (5 fighting majors)
2005-06: Sidney Crosby (PIT) – 39 G, 63 A, 110 PIM (0 fighting majors)
2005-06: Brendan Shanahan (DET) – 40 G, 41 A, 105 PIM (3 fighting majors)
2005-06: Jason Arnott (DAL) – 32 G, 44 A, 102 PIM (2 fighting majors)
2005-06: Shane Doan (PHX) – 30 G, 36 A, 123 PIM (5 fighting majors)


68 AND COUNTING… After Thursday’s capacity crowd at the Garden, the Bruins have now sold out 68 straight games (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic at Fenway or 2010 Premiere Game in Prague). The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

1ST GOAL POOL ON TWITTER: Congrats to the following followers of @NHLBruins who correctly guessed Zdeno Chara as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Blackhawks game on Tuesday: @VikingHugheso, @emily6108, @sakabakbrg, @shutupgrant, @mhubb61, @claydos66, @medicman234, @jimysbosox, @JoelFairhurstJr, @Tymorton5, @ChefMike27.

Chara scored the first Bruins goal at 12:02 of the second period on Tuesday.

Also, here are those who correctly guessed Brad Marchand as the Bruins first goal scorer during the Bruins/Maple Leafs game on Thursday: @Shazmodius, @scm1021, @LaureeBeee, @IllTechn9tion, @JohnAmichettiJr, @xicegrillz, @ktinaJB22, @raystein109, @hikristen, @HereEvan, @mikeb2112, @noonanzrn, @TheRealG_Rant, @CFDiRusso, @BostonIrish307.

Marchand scored the first Bruins goal at 2:09 of the second period on Thursday.

The Bruins first goal pool takes place on Twitter just before the puck drop every Bruins home game.

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: WEEI.com’s DJ Bean on Thursday, March 31 before the Leafs/Bruins game: @DJ_Bean “Leafs 7 points out of a playoff spot, and I'm one tweet of the week out of first place. Lot of desperation at the Garden tonight.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD: Here are the current standings on the Tweet of the Week Leaderboard through tweets on April 1:
@HackswithHaggs: 3
@DJ_Bean: 3
@TheBruinsBlog: 2
@ESPNJoeyMac: 2
@douglasflynn: 1
@kluedeke29: 1
@MurphysLaw74: 1
@NaokoFunayama: 1

B’S WINDBREAKER TALLY: After a Bruins win, the team has begun awarding what can best be characterized as a late 80s/early 90s Bruins windbreaker to the player who has the best game. The player then wears the jacket in the locker room during the media access period and hangs it in his stall until the team’s next win. After the next win, he will select a different teammate to pass it along to. Here is the tally thus far:
3/22 vs. NJ: Milan Lucic
3/24 vs. MTL: Zdeno Chara
3/27 @PHI: Tim Thomas
3/29 vs. CHI: Mark Recchi

Worth mention is that the windbreaker was purchased on eBay by defenseman Andrew Ference for $35.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on March 31 and featured P-Bruins defenseman Ryan Button (in Providence on an Amateur Tryout Agreement) and Kitchener Rangers (OHL) forward Tyler Randell. The final Prospect Report will be sent April 15.

AROUND TOWN
WHAT: SKATE WITH THE ICE GIRLS
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will be collecting dresses for the Belle of the Ball program at their “Skate with the Ice Girls” free open skate program on Sunday, April 3. Bruins Ice Girls will be skating with kids of all ages, taking pictures and signing autographs. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to win player-autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Sunday, April 3, from 2:40 PM - 4:30PM
WHERE: Veteran’s Arena, 910 Panther Way, Franklin, MA 02038
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: WARRIOR CLINIC
The Boston Bruins and Warrior Hockey have partnered to host six on-ice sessions as part of the “Warrior Clinic Series” throughout New England this season. The clinic features two hours of on-ice instruction led by Boston Bruins Alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The session will focus on developing player’s individual offensive and defensive games, while also improving overall team play. Each participant will receive a gift bag, jersey and raffle ticket for the chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and Warrior hockey gear. The newest Warrior equipment will be showcased throughout the event and a private Bruins Alumni autograph session will be held for all clinic participants.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cronin Arena, 850 Revere Beach Pkwy, Revere, MA 02151
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Alumni Tommy Songin and Bobby Miller

WHAT: SHOE DISPLAY WITH THE BRUINS WIVES AND GIRLFRIENDS
In an effort to create awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Children’s Trust Fund will display over 600 pairs of shoes on the State House steps representing the children abused and neglected in Massachusetts each week. The participating wives and girlfriends will be on hand to lend their support.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins wives and girlfriends

WHAT: SAMUEL ADAMS “BRU FEST”
On Wednesday, April 6 the Boston Bruins will hold their final “Bru Fest” of the 2010-11 season presented by Boston’s own Samuel Adams brewery in the Front Lot of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). The outdoor festivities run from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with the last call at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to Bruins fans ages 21 and over with a ticket to the Bruins/Islanders game. Samuel Adams will be featuring a selection of their most popular products. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with the last call at 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Front Lot of the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins mascot, Blades and the Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: FOURTH ANNUAL CUTS FOR A CAUSE
On Thursday, April 7, 15 members of the 2010-11 Bruins roster are participating in the fourth annual “Cuts for a Cause” event on April 7 including Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Steve Kampfer, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg. Auction winners will also receive admission to the VIP session from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. where they can mingle with team, receive two drink tickets and a special Bruins gift bag that includes autographed Bruins memorabilia.
WHEN: Thursday, April 7 from 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ned Devine’s, 1 Faneuil Hall Market Place, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Shawn Thornton, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Steve Kampfer, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley, Tyler Seguin and Dennis Seidenberg
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates.
-All times are local

Saturday, April 2 (Boston, MA)
-No Morning Skate scheduled
-Players available on request basis beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m.
-Claude Julien available at 11:50 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Atlanta Thrashers, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, April 3 (Boston, MA/New York, NY)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
-Travel to New York, NY

Monday, April 4 (New York, NY/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Madison Square Garden, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Rangers, Madison Square Garden, 7:00 p.m. (Two Pennsylvania Plaza, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10121)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: VERSUS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Tuesday, April 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Wednesday, April 6 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Thursday, April 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

Friday, April 8 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW ON NESN: This week on the Big, Bad Bruins Show (First Air: 4/2 at 12pm)

- NHL Plays of the Week
- BU Hockey Profile: David Warsofsky (Recently signed to entry-level contract with the Bruins)
- Behind the B: Jack Edwards with Mark Recchi
- Bruins honor Bob Wilson
- Profile: Bob Wilson
- Presidential Address: Andy Brickley with Peter Chiarelli
- Harvard Hockey Profile: Alex Fallstrom

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS:
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
9:10 a.m. Shane Hnidy with the FNX Breakfast Show

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Brad Marchand with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, April 1)

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 30
2. N. Horton, 24
3. P. Bergeron, 22
4. B. Marchand, 21
5. M. Ryder, 17

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 48
T2. P. Bergeron, 34
T2. M. Recchi, 34
4. M. Lucic, 30
5. Z. Chara, 29

Points
1. D. Krejci, 61
2. M. Lucic, 60
3. P. Bergeron, 56
4. N. Horton, 51
5. M. Recchi, 47

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +32
2. N. Horton, +31
T3. M. Lucic, +30
T3. A. McQuaid, +30
T5. B. Marchand, +26
T5. D. Krejci, +26

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 122
2. M. Lucic, 117
3. A. McQuaid, 96
4. G. Campbell, 93
5. Z. Chara, 86



2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 16
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star, Hardest Shot record 105.9 MPH in 2011 NHL SuperSkills Competition
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending January 23
Patrice Bergeron, First Star of the Month, January
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